Is this true in your life?First of all, I would like to say that I love God, that I am grateful for the Salvation provided for me by the shedding of blood of the Sacrificial Lamb of God, Jesus Christ. I realize that this Salvation is a gift, undeserved by anyone, yet given freely and sufficient for ALL.
God has seen fit to allow us to choose how and where we serve Him, and we have chosen to be Baptists. This is something that our parents could not impose upon us through infant baptism.
It is our choice, freely made, hopefully by the study of Scripture and the convicting of the Spirit of God.
As I said before, I cringe when I read or hear IBFer criticized and I feel even worse when the attacks are somewhat valid. So here are a few things that I propose will help us show the true nature of a Baptist.
1. We are a zealous group! We hate anything that comes near being sin. That is good, but sometimes that makes us seem unloving towards those who disagree. We must learn that loving kindness , meekness, and courtesy must always be included in our actions. If in being zealous, we become hateful, we are wrong.
2. We must be consistent in our behaviour. Especially inside our homes. If you want to influence others, there is no better advertisement than the attitudes of your children. Believe me, people can pick up on "bad vibes" from your kids, no matter how well-behaved they might be. Continue reading your Bible everyday, then put it into practice!
3. Smile more! Love your enemies! (BTW, liberals are not our enemies) Don't fight with the brethren in your own Church. Fight sin and the flesh, not people. If you can fight sin in your own life and win, you will be a better testimony to the saved and unsaved alike.
4. Avoid correcting others. There are people in my world who I must correct occasionaly like my kids and the ladies and girls in my Church, and that is because I am the Pastor's wife and the "aged woman" in my congregation. But if everybody started correcting everybody else, chaos would reign. If you see a problem in someone else, take it to God and ask for wisdom.
Just a few thoughts, feel free to add more.
Blessings and Joy to you.